!!! That was actually really good
I don’t know much about video games so I couldn’t catch all the references, but it played with tropes in general a lot and was actually legit funny and mildly subversive at times
Ralph was pretty fun and adorable. The story line held together and had a lot of emotional moments. Vanellope in particular was really well done. She was really cute and cool. basically the movie’s co-protagonist, pursuing her dream and defying what she was told was her fate. I liked that Ralph was shown to be wrong in trying to make decisions “for her own good” and said sorry. I particularly loved that she ended up using the fact she was “glitchy” (which was actually directly compared to a disability in a way I thought verged on iffy but whatevs) to her advantage and to kick ass. She stomped her competition, beat the villian on her own when he tried to attack her AND then even saved Ralph with her mad skill. (Also SHE LEARNED TO DRIVE TO THE TUNE OF SHUT UP AND DRIVE. I squealed.)
I also really liked she had a MAGICAL GIRL transformation SEQUENCE (“what is with all the sparkles what’s happening!!!”) because yes and then decided just because the game had decided she was a princess, she didn’t have to be and she was gonna be herself and a racer okay, and she’s keeping her glitch too. But yeah, she’d still totally rule over everyone in the game AS PRESIDENT.
Her entire story was blatantly about reclaiming her agency and using the things the system had tried to constrain her with to BEAT THE SYSTEM and not allowing anyone to dictate who she was! AND LADIES RECLAIMING THEIR AGENCY AND BEATING THE SYSTEM IS MY FAVORITE KIND OF STORY SO OMG YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW HAPPY I WAS GOING INTO THE MOVIE NOT EXPECTING THAT AND THEN MY FAVORITE THING HAPPENS? AND TO TOP IT OFF IT’S A POC LADY TOO? OMG?
In contrast, Call of Duty Lady was pretty standard (I uh, can’t even recall her name, looking it up- Tamora. ) I mean her backstory- “she was programmed with the most tragic backstory ever” I laughed my ass off- was a reverse fridging which is gr8, but she was pretty standard “tough lady basically acts completely cliche masculine -she even calls her subordinates “ladies”- except some sensitive not conventionally attractive guy shows her she can ***love again***.She didn’t do much and her change of heart didn’t have any real explanation and character arc wasn’t much explored- but Felix (who was admittedly adorable) wasn’t very developed either, they were very much side characters, so it was forgivable.And in the end, she was able to be a tough buttkicker who was also happily married, which is cooler than a lot of things that could have happened.
I also really liked that the most prominent gamer shown in the movie was a girl, and she liked all the video games in the arcade too.
As far as Disney movie goes, this is probably one of the best you’ll find in being good and actually subverting tropes instead of just pretending to. LOVE VANELLOPE A LOT.
Spoilers for all of JIM, obv.
okay this why I shouldn’t read comics and stick to manga or other stuff
things will go to shit eventually. That’s the nature of the neverending story. If I’m invested in a character, something awful will eventually be done to them by an awful writer. If a good writer wan’t to preserve the story, they have to make sure that character is inaccessible.
the very medium means that someone had to do this sort of thing to make sure their story isn’t messed up
I totally get the reasoning here, but I wish the medium was such you didn’t have to go to such lengths
well I enjoyed it while it lasted.
Marceline ACTUALLY SAID “remember after the war?”
The nuclear war backstory just became text i can’t omg.
yeah the book is a lot better and delves more into the politics. Though like I watched the movie when I was younger and it legit freaked me out like…. WHICH OF MY CLASSMATES WOULD KILL ME and vice versa. :||
I’m pretty sure all of mine would
but hopefully they wouldn’t ever behead me and stuff a grenade in my mouth, that wouldn’t be cool.